🇦🇹 St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

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St Stephen’s Cathedral, surely the symbol of Vienna. Built in 1683 by the Turks, this magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of the city centre. Thanks to its colourful scaly roof, the church is one of Vienna’s most famous sights.

The Cathedral is beautiful outside and inside, so it is a good idea to look inside, but it is an even better idea to climb this cathedral. Walk up 334 steps and admire the spectacular view from the top. The Cathedral has a tower that rises 136 metres above the city. The view is truly fantastic!  

You can visit St Stephen’s Cathedral for free, only if you want to climb the towers or visit the crypt, you have to pay an entrance fee.

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🇦🇹 Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace, Vienna

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The Belvedere Palace is a beautiful piece of Baroque architecture and was commissioned by Prince Eugen of Savoy during the first half of the 18th century. The castle is very similar to the castles of Versailles, this is because those castles were models for the Belvedere Palace. The Habsburgs and Archduke Franz-Ferdinand wound up in this beautiful castle.

Today, the Belvedere Palace is a beautiful building to visit and inside is a museum of modern art. The museum houses art from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism, Realism, Romanticism, Sezessionsstil and with the Biedermeier style…. really everything passes in review. The best-known and most famous painting hanging inside is the painting ‘The Kiss’ by Austrian artist Gustav Klimmt.

Not an art lover? Surrounding the castle, the beautiful Belvedere Park is one of the most beautiful parks in this capital, with ponds, waterfalls and many romantic spots. It consists of an amazing contrast, worth exploring!

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🇦🇹 Wiener Prater

Wiener Prater, Vienna

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Wiener Prater city park is one of the city’s most fun to do things. The giant amusement park, lies between the Danube and the Danube Canal and used to be used as the Austrian emperor’s hunting grounds. In the 18th century, the park was opened to the public. Wiener Prater is now the oldest amusement park in the world, is full of roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and is completely free to visit.

Around the Christmas period, the city park is the place to be. This is because a cosy Christmas market is organised here during this period. Delicious hot drinks, live music, special shows and the Ferris wheel is particularly illuminated, making it one of Vienna’s main highlights.

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🇦🇹 Hofburg and the Spanish driving school

Hofburg and the Spanish driving school, Vienna

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The Hofburg, located in the centre of Vienna is a collection of beautifully historic buildings, museums, a library and the famous Spanish Riding School. It used to be the custom that every time a new emperor (empress) was appointed, the Hofburg, the palace complex of the Habsburgs, was remodelled or extended. When you walk by the Hofburg, it immediately takes you back to the days of the Habsburg nobility, who lived there from the 13th century until just after the First World War. The palace has been remodelled, rebuilt and built on over different periods of centuries, the palace is a mix of styles.

Today, the office of the Austrian president sits at the Hofburg. You can still visit several museums in the palace, such as the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer and the Sissi Museum. In another part of Hofburg, you can visit the riding hall with the horses of the Spanish Riding School. The horses of Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School receive training in the Hofburg Palace during the day. Among other things, they learn to dance to classical music. Fun to watch!  

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🇦🇹 Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

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If you are in Vienna, a trip to Schönbrunn Palace should not be missed, as it is more than worth it. Schönbrunn palace is a beautiful building that takes you back in history. Built in the late 17th century, the castle was meant to be bigger than that of Versailles, unfortunately it did not succeed, but it is still very imposing and extremely luxurious. The castle has more than 1.400 rooms in total. Take a guided tour, learn about the history of the Hasburg royal family and the famous Empress Sisi, and visit 40 magnificent show-off rooms, which will give you an idea of the luxury with which the admirers wanted to outdo their guests.  

The large park that surrounds Schönbrunn Palace is at least as special. The park has an associated conservatory and even a zoo. But what particularly stands out is Gloriette, an arch at the top of the hill overlooking Vienna’s forests and the two botanical greenhouses with unique flowers and plants from all over the world.  

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🇦🇹 Naschmarkt

Naschmarkt, Vienna

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The Naschmarkt is one of the oldest markets in Austria and considered by many to be the most fun and delicious sight in Vienna. Centrally located, the Naschmarkt is a few minutes’ walk from Karlsplatz. Walk leisurely past the many stalls and enjoy plenty of fruit, vegetables and various delicacies from every country from dawn till dusk. Around the Naschmarkt, you will also find dozens of small restaurants, where you can eat really anything.

Especially on Saturdays, this is one of the best sights in Vienna and large numbers of tourists visit the market. It is a good combination of people-watching and tasting delicacies.

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